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Jun. 20, 2006
Following Kenny Souza on RAAM--Day 10
Kenny has now passed through Circleville, OH, on the way to Athens, OH. Things are looking up for Kenny. This morning, the crew left Kenny alone to ride up the road while they picked up some food for him. Crew Chief Gretchen left Kenny with her phone as a precautionary measure. The ever-mischievous Souza decided to make a few calls while riding up the road and I was fortunate enough to be on the receiving end.

I missed the call but Kenny left a message, which went something like this: "Hey McKenzie!," he yelled, "They left me with the phone and I figured, s***, I might as well call somebody! I had a good night, I rode HARD. That guy (Walsh), he rode all night! He didn't sleep. Anyway, he's right up the road. I'll catch him soon. Man this is a tough race!"

Kenny's voice sounded clear and sharp. He's left his raspy voice and respiratory problems back in the desert and he sounds, in a twisted way, like he's having fun. He's focused on his competition rather than just slugging it out against himself and the course. He feels he can reel in Walsh and has his sights set on Tinker. He's looking forward to the mountains where he feels he can do some damage.

All in all, things are looking up. Gretchen mentioned that when Kenny feels good, it carries over to the crew. So spirits are high right now as Kenny moves forward in the race. As Kenny goes, so goes the crew. The earlier down times have given way to uplifted spirits.

With Kenny riding so well and feeling so good, it should be a no-brainer that he'll catch Walsh and Jaurez. Problem is, those guys are also riding well! Walsh needs to take some more time off the bike but seems to be riding strong in his sleep-deprived state. Meanwhile, Juarez seems to gain strength as the ride progresses and he adapts to the rigors of RAAM.

This has frustrated Kenny somewhat as he expected to go by Walsh earlier today. Kenny's only about 15 miles behind Walsh at this point. We'll have to see what the night brings.

Natural PowerAs mentioned previously, Rough House Productions is doing a documentary on Kenny's RAAM effort, thus far called "Souza Power." You can view a trailer for the film, as well as some video shorts from the road on the website.

 For images from Days 2 and 3, visit flickr.com.
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